Traveling Can Take You There

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How many times have you wanted to do something but your perceived limitations held you back?

Maybe you are afraid someone you knew would see you not acting “yourself” or you will be told to grow up, and act like an adult.  

The only way to set yourself free from your perceived limitations is to practice challenging your fears. 

One way to chip away at those barriers is to go to a place nobody knows your name, and do something you always wanted to do but we’re afraid because________.

It doesn’t have to be sky diving or spelunking, just something to pull you outside your comfort zone.

When I am away from home, I practice finding something I would be reluctant to do in the company of those that know me.

When I first moved to Florida, I went to down town Siesta Key.  

I was walking past a musician singing his heart out on the patio of a restaruant. The patio was packed. 

I wanted to dance, and the old fear came up voicing its opinion… “but you suck at it.”

I closed my eyes, bared my inhibitions, and started dancing all by myself right there on the street next to the restaurant. 

I danced for like 30 minutes. When I was done, I felt like I had taken some of the power back I let my fears steal from me. 

The next time you are away from home, pick something you are uncomfortable doing, and chisel away at your fears.

Making a Difference, One Cup of Coffee at a Time.

When I owned my coffee shop, ONE of my ALL time favorite things to do was bring the community together, and it still is!
We connected people to people, and later discovered someone made a new friend.
Today, I had the beautiful opportunity to meet my friend Pam Grout from Kansas, and her friend Mary from Bradenton, Fl.
We met at this amazing coffee shop called Land of A Thousand Hills Coffee Company, Bradenton, Fl.

They are a non-profit coffee shop and restaurant who choose to pay it forward.
All the coffee proceeds go to Rwanda, the food proceeds are used to keep operating the coffee shop and all the tips go back to the community.
You can gift food and a cup of coffee to others.
What a flippin’ awesome idea!!!
I LOVE people’s creative minds.

 

Asking Questions

IMG_7332While I was living in Jakarta, Indonesia,  I left for a workshop in Sumatra, and a bomb exploded in Jakarata.
When I came back to Jakarta from Sumatra, a volcano erupted in Sumatra.
I felt guilty in both experiences, wondering why I was spared, and other living beings were injured or killed.
While in Florida,  I lived through a hurricane, and again I questioned why I was spared from harm or death.

I have asked myself, WHY? Why am I here???

I realized, a part of my “I” is being chipped away each and every time. These situations are helping me to pull the  focus away from me, and my attachments, and more on the needs of others.

If we are never given the opportunity to ask questions, it will be impossible to expand our awareness.

Nobody Does it Better.

IMG_6690You truly are the best!

More often than not our remedy to being sick is to jump in the car and run to the Dr. without first asking, “What have I been doing to weaken my immune system?”

For the last two weeks, I have been dealing with an infection.

For as long as I can remember, my habit has been to worry. Funny thing is, almost 95% what I worry about never comes to fruition. Yet, I have given much of my time and energy to worrying.

Worry equals stress. Extended worrying equals chronic stress. Our body is not in favor of chronic stress. In fact, it rebels in the form of inflammation, tension and eventually illness or disease sets in.

Since I moved to Florida, I have done more medical interpreting in the last 6 months than I have done in 23 years.

Now I would like to totally blame my recent infection on the exposure to various medical settings. But I know I had a part to play in the weakening of my immune system i.e. worrying, making my body more susceptible.

Your body wants to be healthy. Getting to the root cause lessens the odds of recurring symptoms.

I am not saying not go see the Dr. and let him/her help you resolve the symptoms. But the Dr. is only providing a temporary “Band-aid.”

You can be the REAL hero here by addressing the root cause in an effort to maintain good health.

Nobody does it better.                                                                                                               Nobody does it half as good as you.                                                                                           Baby, you’re the best.